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Reactions to the New CSIS Report on "Smart Global Health Policy"

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The Center for Strategic and International Studies yesterday unveiled  a new “must-read” report for global health advocates, “Smart Global Health Policy.” While a panel at the Congressionally-chartered Institute of Medicine, made up primarily of scientists, issued recommendations on US global health policy last year, the CSIS panel is the first to involve high-level business leaders […]

New Report Details Benefits of Global AIDS Response

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A new issue brief released today by the Center for Global Health Policy and amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, highlights the transformative success of the global AIDS response in changing the trajectory of the epidemic and improving health outcomes beyond AIDS. The issue brief details the diverse impacts of the intensive response to the […]

HIV Funding Not at Fault for Health System Ills

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HIV is not to blame for the ills, figuratively or literally, of developing world health systems, and funding for AIDS programs can’t take a hit in favor of other health threats. That’s the take-home message of a statement issued last week from 87 civil society, research and other health groups from more than two dozen […]

An End to the Vertical Vs. Horizontal Debate?

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For decades, global health experts, policymakers, and others have been debating the merits of disease-specific initiatives versus broader efforts to strengthen health systems. It’s the old the vertical vs. horizontal argument. No one has settled that debate. But maybe we should stop asking that particular question. Or at least start asking some new ones.  “It’s not a […]

Goosby Takes on Hot Topics at State Department Session

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As Obama’s new global AIDS coordinator, Dr. Eric Goosby has no shortage of burning issues on his plate—from reports of ARV stock-outs in the developing world to questions about the long-term sustainability of PEPFAR. At a 1 ½ hour community meeting at the State Department Friday, the unassuming California doctor tried to reassure the global […]

The Lancet ID Calls for Protecting Global AIDS Programs

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For anyone concerned about a pullback in funding for global AIDS programs, this commentary in The Lancet Infectious Diseases is a must read. It addresses the apparent wavering commitment of donor countries amid the economic downturn and touches on the unfolding debate about the merits of disease-specific initiatives, such as PEPFAR, versus efforts to efforts to […]

Health Systems & the Growing Threat of Drug Resistant HIV & TB

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Dr. Luis Sambo, the WHO’s regional director for Africa, sought to draw attention this week to the growing threat of drug-resistant strains of HIV, tuberculosis and malaria on the continent, calling for aggressive action “before the situation gets out of hand.” Sambo made his comments during the 59th session of the WHO regional committee meeting […]

Vertical vs. Horitonal and the Future of PEPFAR

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With PEPFAR seemingly at risk of being shortchanged by the Obama administration, there was a special urgency to Wednesday’s Capitol Hill briefing about the future of global health programs. The debate was framed, in health advocate speak, as vertical vs. horizontal. In other words, are vertical programs like PEPFAR, focused specifically on HIV/AIDS, draining money and […]